We have been very lucky with accommodation this year, getting most places fully, or partially covered by some very generous hotels. Our place in Kingston was no different and we were treated to a really nice stay at the Courtyard Marriott which even served good coffee with breakfast. High five! Despite very comfortable beds, Isla graced us with her presence at 2.30 am today - a new record - so it was a bleary-eyed Andrew who set off for Seeleys Bay to complete his ride to Smiths Falls alone.
He made great time and was able to get in some rest before the rest of us descended upon him. And we all had great adventures while he pumped out the miles!
Grandma, me and the kids spent the morning in Kingston, (a really lovely town), checking out the lakefront, some playgrounds, and Murney Tower - a Martello (small fort) built in 1846. Max was pretty impressed with the cannons, and Isla tried to steal a cannonball. Then in the afternoon, while Andrew napped, everybody ventured out into Smiths Falls for even more excitement. A boat was making its way up the Rideau Canal, so we saw a swing bridge in action, followed by a hand-operated lock - firsts for us Aussies. Then across the road there was a pow wow in full swing, so we got to witness some music, dancing and real wolf and bear skins for sale. Max made a subtle play for a tomahawk, but thankfully I was able to distract him with the feathered costumes of the dancers.
After dinner we all headed to Dairy Queen for a pre-bed treat. This ride was founded on the idea of ice-cream stops, and aside from Day 1 and the Ice Cream Ride, we hadn't had any! Tonight Isla had her first ice-cream cone. After last nights burger, I'm not feeling too proud of the food I'm feeding my baby on this ride. Now that it's almost over, I'm thinking about how nice it will be to get home to my kitchen again.